Botanical name

Bartholina burmanniana



Common Name

Spider Orchid, Spinnekopblom
Bartholina burmanniana
Bartholina burmanniana


Slender plant to 23cm tall with hairy stem. Basal leaf (pressed to the ground), solitary, sessile, round with cordate base, up to 18mm in diameter. Flower solitary, white, sometimes pale mauve to greenish sepals; lip deeply divided into thread-like, pointed lobes, (distinct from B. etheliae which has knob-ended lobes). Spur down-curved, 8-12mm long.


Flowers usually found singly on clay slopes and flats in fynbos or Restio-veld

Flower Date

August to October, mostly after fire